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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Ecuador
Data Last Updated: September 16, 2020

General Information

Open (Level 2)

Ecuador has reopened for all tourists, subject to conditions.

Starting August 15, Ecuador will no longer require a 14-day quarantine for all travelers if they bring a negative PCR test result that’s issued no longer than 10 days before arrival.  Those who do not have the test will be tested on arrival and will be asked to quarantine until results are available.

Another test taken in Ecuador is required for visitors wishing to visit the Galapagos Islands.

All visitors are also required to complete a Health Declaration Form before arrival.

English Information from US Embassy in Ecuador

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

Authorities in Ecuador have lifted all curfew measures and eased domestic restrictions on movements and social gatherings across most parts of the country as of Sept. 15, following the expiration of the national state of emergency issued in response to the coronavirus disease  outbreak.

Under the new response plan, municipal authorities are empowered to impose stricter restrictions on businesses and public movements, depending on local disease activity.

At the national level, vehicular restrictions associated with the color-coded system of restrictions are no longer required; however, local authorities may continue to use the system of color-coding to determine risk levels and reimpose restrictions, as they have done in Quito and Guayaquil, where disease activity has generally been higher.

Airlines & Transport

Since June 1st, Ecuador approved the resumption of commercial flight operations with limited flight capacity.

Travel to Galapagos Islands is now possible but a second COVID-19 PCR test must be taken prior to departure to the Galapagos in mainland Ecuador.

Status of Opening to Tourists

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More Details

Ecuador has recently reopened its borders for tourism. As of August 15th, it will no longer require a 14-day quarantine for all travelers if they bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test result that’s been issued no more than 10 days before arrival.

Special rules continue to apply to visiting the Galapagos islands which are described below.

Who Can Enter Ecuador?

The good news is that all countries and nations are welcome to Ecuador. In regards to visa requirements, most countries can enter Ecuador, but you should verify this yourself in regards to the passport you hold.

What Are The Entry Requirements For Ecuador?

  • All travelers should fill out a Health Declaration Form before arrival.
  • Most importantly, all travelers should have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result no older than 10 days before arrival into the country. However, if a traveler failed to bring this test, they will be tested on arrival and forced to quarantine until results are available. Also note that only COVID-19 PCR type tests are accepted and rapid tests are not.
  • All passengers should expect health screening at the airport and questions from border control and temperature/symptom checks.

Additional Entry Requirements For Visiting the Galapagos:

Any international traveler wishing to transit via Quito or Guayaquil International Airport to the Galapagos should first arrive in-country into Ecuador with proof of a recent PCR test and then take a second PCR test at their own expense upon arrival.

Travelers should then proceed to local lodging (in parts of Ecuador currently rated as Green or Yellow, but not Red, for COVID) for at least 48 hours to await test results. A second negative test result is required to be able to proceed to the Galapagos Islands. All persons present in Ecuador (regardless of nationality or residence status) wishing to travel to the Galapagos Islands must present negative results from a PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival.

In all cases, a negative PCR test is required prior to travel to the Galapagos. With such results in hand, there is no quarantine required upon arrival in the Galapagos (nor to return to the mainland of Ecuador).

For more information, please see July 23, 2020 protocol released by the Special Regimen of the Galapagos Government Council, Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Public Health: http://www.ecuador.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/lineamientos_para_el_ingreso_de_turistas_a_gal%C3%A1pagos.pdf

Safety Measures and Health Protocols

  • As of Aug. 13, authorities in Ecuador have concluded the temporary special curfew measures in Quito and other yellow-coded cantons across 18 provinces.
  • Mandatory use of face masks in public indoor and outdoor areas. Fines will be given to those who do not comply. Each city will define the cost of the fine. 

What's Open in Ecuador

  • Most hotels have reopened with a limited capacity and with strict protocols to prevent COVID-19 spread.
  • Restaurants and shops can reopen to the public but with 50% of their capacity
  • Urban bus or tram transport at 50% capacity
  • Physical activities in closed spaces will be only for Green-rated cantons. Outdoor activities can push through if they comply with local social distancing measures approved by each canton.
  • Some beaches reopened as of August 5th but will be monitored through the “Distancia2” app.

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Sources: Gov UK | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Ecuador


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Information for Non-Tourists

Starting August 15, all travelers to Ecuador, including Ecuadorians returning home, are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken with results no older than 10 days before arrival into the country.

If a traveler does not have this test, they will be tested on arrival and forced to quarantine until results are available.

Rapid tests are not accepted.

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